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Charleston, W.Va. – BrickStreet Insurance, in partnership with the West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA), presented the inaugural BrickStreet and WVMA Safety Award during the WVMA Annual Dinner at the Clay Center Thursday evening. 

The 2016 BrickStreet and WVMA Safety Award was presented to Sistersville Tank Works, a manufacturer of custom pressure vessels, storage tanks and other specialty products, for safety excellence.

“We are incredibly proud to present this award in partnership with WVMA,” said BrickStreet CEO Greg Burton. “Several years ago, we created an association program to support and reward WVMA member companies for their efforts in driving safety-related performance. We see this safety award as an extension of that, and it is an honor to recognize Sistersville Tank Works for the company’s dedication to creating a safer workplace.” 

All four major party candidates for governor of West Virginia appeared on the same stage Thursday to talk about economic development, the state budget and their visions for the state. Former U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, businessman Jim Justice, state Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler and state Senate President Bill Cole all spoke, separately, at the West Virginia Manufacturer’s Association convention at the Charleston Civic Center.

West Virginia has a large supply of natural gas, but something needs to change if the state hopes to benefit from the construction of new gas-fired power plants and petroleum-based manufacturing, according to Blue Jenkins, the executive vice president of EQT Corp.’s commercial operations.

Jenkins was the keynote speaker at the West Virginia Manufacturers Association’s Marcellus and Manufacturing Conference at the Charleston Civic Center Wednesday.

Charleston, W.Va., March 2, 2016 – The West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA) will host the second annual Marcellus and Manufacturing Development Conference (MMDC) March 23-24, 2016, at the Charleston Civic Center in conjunction with the West Virginia Construction and Design Exposition. One of the region’s largest manufacturing events, it combines the former WVMA Leadership Summit and Marcellus-to-Manufacturing Conference. 

“We are very excited to host the conference again this year,” said Rebecca Randolph, president of WVMA. “The feedback from combining the two events last year was very positive and shows that company representatives are excited about the opportunity to learn more and grow industry partnerships.”

This year’s event focuses on the infrastructure needed to create a regional Appalachian storage hub. Attendees will have the chance to attend several seminars covering a variety of topics including industrial demand, energy and national security, and more. U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito will serve as the keynote speaker, focusing on energy policy.